Fri, Mar 9 2012 23:52
'Ah, the "Giants"'
So the other day I was listening to an audible book in my car with selections from various old gardening books. And believe it or not, you can read an actual copy of one of the featured books online - http://www.archive.org/stream/everyladyflower00johnrich#page/n5/mode/2up A copy of a book written back in 1844.
It does make one wonder if when we go to all digital books, will we be able to keep copies of these books for our future generations to read. I mean not that I think we need to keep every book written these days for posterity, as there's a few that I would hope that don't end up in future masterpieces, but it does make you wonder if future generations will be able to maintain and actually read all of this stuff we're making digital only.
I'm reminded of the scene in Star Trek IV....
Kirk: You mean the profanity? That's simply the way they talk here. Nobody pays attention to you unless you swear every other word. You'll find it in all the literature of the period.
Spock: For example?
Kirk: Oh the neglected works of Jacqueline Susan. The novels of Harold Robbins...
Spock: Ah, the "Giants".
I mean what will be our generation's Shakespeare? What will be our giants of literature and music and how will they be maintained so that years from now future generations of whatever creatures are roaming the planets at that time will be able to read what we've written on ...say ...twitter eons from now? Will Justin Bieber be our generation's Mozart?
http://www.kpmginstitutes.com/taxwatch/insights/2010/pdf/wnit-071210-sales-use-taxation-in-clouds.pdf And other pondering of online things to think about, an interesting consideration as well. If you make a sale online, where it the sales tax jurisdiction on that? Where was the sale made for purposes of jurisdiction if you own offices in multiple locations and the servers handling the transactions are located all around the world?
Enought thought to ponder for tonight.
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